India cricket team will not play a bilateral series with Pakistan: Sports minister Vijay Goel
Sports Minister Vijay Goel ruled out a series of bilateral cricket between India and Pakistan. Speaking to reporters in New Delhi on Monday, the minister said that “cricket and terrorism can not go together.”
India and Pakistan, however, will compete in the ICC Champions Trophy in the UK next month. Both teams are in the same group and face Edgbaston, Birmingham, on 4 June.
Cricket Council of India Council and officials of Pakistan Cricket Council will meet today in Dubai to discuss a bilateral series, but the message to Goel BCCI is very clear.
According to the ICC Future Tours Program, India’s cricket team must play Pakistan in a two-way series later this year, but hostilities on the other side of the border may lose all chances of a series of cricket Of India vs Paklistan.
BCCI and PCB have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to join six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023. Earlier this month, the PCB had sent a notice of the dispute to the Board of India requesting BCCI losses for refusing To be delivered in 2015.
At the meeting in Dubai, BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary will represent BCCI while PCB should be represented by its chairman Shaharyar Khan and his legal representatives.
“We remain committed to the game, but the work does not change: the show can not go forward without the permission of the Government of India.
“After the writing of PCB, we wrote to the Government of India and waiting for the answer. I think the dialogue should continue, so we are,” Choudhary said.
The comments by the Sports Minister today clearly show that bilateral cricket is unlikely in the near future, even in neutral territory.
The last bilateral series between India and Pakistan was played in 2012-2013. It was a limited edition with two and three T20I ODI India. The T20 series was developed and Pakistan won the ODI 2-1.